Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate

The Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate is the Sub-Directorate in the World Customs Organization that primarily deals with securing and facilitating legitimate global supply chains trough the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures.

In order to accomplish this, the Sub-Directorate, working closely with the WCO Members, develops international standards covering all aspects of trade. The main instrument in this domain is the Revised Kyoto Convention – the International Convention on Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures and the SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade. The unit also administers various other Conventions that have been either developed by the WCO or that we have an agreement to administer on behalf of another international organization;

  • ATA Convention
  • Istanbul Convention
  • Customs Convention on Containers 1972
  • Conventions and Programmes Concerning Export Controls

The unit has also developed recommendations to WCO Members that, if implemented, will contribute to trade facilitation.

The Sub-Directorate accomplishes its work of developing international standards and recommendations by working with various committees comprised of WCO Members and representatives of other international organizations and trade associations;

  • The Permanent Technical Committee (PTC)
  • The SAFE Working Group
  • The Technical Experts Group on Air Cargo Security
  • The Information Management Sub-Committee (IMSC)
  • The Administrative Committee of the Istanbul Convention
  • The Management Committee to the Revised Kyoto Convention
  • The Meeting of Contracting Parties to the ATA Convention
  • The Administrative Committee for the Customs Convention on Containers
  • WCO/UPU Contact Committee
  • UCR Correspondance Group
  • The Contact Committee for the WCO/IATA/ICAO Guidelines on Advance Passenger Information

In order to assist our Members in implementing simplified and trade facilitative measures, the Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate has developed various tools that provide guidance and examples of best practices;

  • Application of Information and Communication Technology-ICT Guidelines
  • WCO Data Model
  • Unique Consignment Reference
  • Immediate Release Guidelines
  • Advance Passenger Information Guidelines
  • Time Release Study
  • Glossary of International Customs Terms